Celestron Outland X Binoculars – A review for Bird-Watching

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Celestron Outland X Binoculars – A review for Bird-Watching There is a reason that we have always provided our guests on safari with Celestron Outland X binoculars. They are a great start for wildlife enthusiasts and birdwatchers alike. However, in this article, I will be discussing the limitations of these binoculars as well so you consider these binoculars with the right expectations. But first, a quick overview of binoculars for bird-watching! Binoculars for Bird-watching  Birds are majestic, but to truly appreciate their glory, you will require quality optics/binoculars. These ensure a closer view of the bird while you remain at a distance ensuring the bird’s comfort. Your binoculars should provide a nice, clear picture and precise shades. There are many binoculars available today in the market with different features and specifications. The quality of optics continue to improve, taking into account the feedback received from birdwatchers and other users in
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TALKING TREES : SAL AND SEMAL

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The phenomenon of plant blindness and tree blindness has been well documented the world over and it’s natural for city folks who are not living in the lap of nature anymore to forget the names of the trees, to forget what the leaves could be used for, to forget what the fruits could be used for and unfortunately it’s a problem we are all suffering from and that why during this lockdown I decided to start this unique initiative which I’m hoping I could continue, become a student again and learn about these trees once again in this new article called Talking Trees (part -3). So, who’s going to help me navigate this mysterious world of trees? Well apart from that World Wide Web we all know; I’m also going to be using pictures from this wonderful website called Flowers of India which has documented a large proportion of the flora that

OUR RECOMMENDED SAFARI TRAVEL KIT – INDIA

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OUR RECOMMENDED SAFARI TRAVEL KIT – INDIA There’s a lot that goes into making our safari experiences here in India special. It takes a lot of preparation, research about the location, sightings, local travel restrictions, weather conditions, and plenty else. However, we did want to share with you a few useful things that we recommend you have on every safari trip in India, to elevate the experience, enrich your knowledge, and appreciate the forest in such a way, that you keep coming back again and again. So here they are! Binoculars – Safari Travel Kit: India SPECIFICATIONS: Warranty details: 1 year Eye Relief: 14 mm Magnification and objective lens: 10×42 Waterproof/fog-proof: yes Coating: Multicoated lens Type of Prism: roof prism Field of View @1000m: 98m Weight: 618 grams The Celestron Outland X is a roof-prism binocular is a great addition to your kit. For regular wildlife safaris and birdwatching in

TALKING TREES: AMALTAS, DHAVDA, AND SALAI

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The phenomenon of plant blindness and tree blindness has been well documented the world over and it’s natural for city folks who are not living in the lap of nature anymore to forget the names of the trees, to forget what the leaves could be used for, to forget what the fruits could be used for and unfortunately it’s a problem we are all suffering from and that why during this lockdown I decided to start this unique initiative which I’m hoping I could continue, become a student again and learn about these trees once again in this new article called Talking Trees (part -2). So, who’s going to help me navigate this mysterious world of trees? Well apart from that World Wide Web we all know; I’m also going to be using pictures from this wonderful website called Flowers of India which has documented a large proportion of the flora that

TALKING TREES : TEAK AND KHAIR

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The phenomenon of plant blindness and tree blindness has been well documented the world over and it’s natural for city folks who are not living in the lap of nature anymore to forget the names of the trees, to forget what the leaves could be used for, to forget what the fruits could be used for and unfortunately it’s a problem we are all suffering from and that why during this lockdown I decided to start this unique initiative which I’m hoping I could continue, become a student again and learn about these trees once again in this new article called Talking Trees. So, who’s going to help me navigate this mysterious world of trees? Well apart from that World Wide Web we all know; I’m also going to be using pictures from this wonderful website called Flowers of India which has documented a large proportion of the flora that we actually find
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BIRD WATCHING: TOP 6 (INTRODUCTORY) BINOCULARS USED IN INDIA

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Is bird watching starting to reel you in? This increasingly popular (and addictive!) hobby is witnessing a growth in India like never before, and more than ever, people are visiting their nearest patch of wilderness to uncover those beautiful avian treasures. However, it can be a challenging hobby first up. How do you spot those little black dots that flit in and out of the canopy for the barest of seconds? When you first start birding, you will soon realize that having the right tools is invaluable for your long-term commitment to the hobby and therefore, it is vital to have a good set of binoculars for bird watching.  As your list of birds and the fascination to bird watch will increase, you will also be on the lookout for the best birding binoculars. However, before you pick any basic binocular that says ‘perfect binoculars for beginners’, you need to
Birders just need an excuse to start birdwatching. Even with the first birdwalk of the season starting at the all-time favorite, Bhandup Pumping Station (part of the Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary) where we were sizzled to a crisp with the heat and humidity such that pakoras (fried dumplings) become the popular term to refer to each other, the spirits never once dampened (even with all the sweat!) and there was plenty of demand for the next walk. It was ‘passage migrant’ season after all (Passage migrants to a particular area are typically birds that do not linger around very long, spending a few days to perhaps a month before heading to their wintering or breeding grounds where they spend a longer duration of time probably spanning a few months. For Mumbai and surrounds, typically just before and after winter tend to be suitable conditions for seeing passage migrants to the

Mumbai Birdwatchers’ Club: Uran and the Quest for the Common Shelduck

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I had just returned from Dehradun a few weeks back to find the atmosphere in Mumbai’s birding circles electric. Much of this was coming from that amazing sighting in Vasai, the red-breasted merganser, the first authentic record of this species in India. Almost every birder spread out over our metropolis (as well as people from Bengaluru, Kolkata, and several other locations) had made a beeline for this bird and it had been a very cooperative subject giving good views to all who visited including participants of the Mumbai Birdwatchers’ Club (MBC) walk the week before. To keep the momentum going, we decided to hold another bird walk on the very first day of 2017. The location initially was the Bhandup Pumping Station (BPS). There was some excitement there about a week before this planned walk when a solitary Common Shelduck was spotted and photographed there. This might be only the
The MBC group at Jasai I was not surprised when the location that was announced for the next bird walk on Sunday, the 6th of November, 2016 turned out to be Uran, Navi Mumbai. Why? As mentioned in the previous blog, Uran had been particularly popular  since the last couple of weeks, because of two species in particular. One was of course the Indian skimmer, an endangered tern species (usually restricted to freshwater habitats) that I had the fortune of seeing on the same day as the BPS Birdwalk. The other of course, was the bird I had gone to Uran in search of, the Caspian plover, a rare migrant which has only a handful of records in India. And it was not just these, there were reports of other rarities, the grasshopper warbler, Asian desert warbler and even bristled grassbird. No surprise then, that Uran was hot property! This walk
It was during an eBird monitoring workshop conducted at the Mahim Nature Park in September that I first heard whispers. The Mumbai Birdwatchers’ Club (MBC) was being revived. Having only started birding in the last couple of years, I was not even aware such a platform had even existed. There were of course communities of birders spread out over the expanse of Mumbai, Thane, Vasai, Dombivli and Navi Mumbai out almost every weekend (if not during the weekdays too), but an initiative that would seek to unite all of us that followed these winged beauties throughout the year (Yep, even during the monsoon) made for an exciting prospect. Like any other social activity, birdwatching is also best enjoyed in a group, like-minded people using the combined power of their observation skills to maximize sightings of both species and interesting behavior and also sharing their collective knowledge gained by experience. An initiative